Explosive Device Detonated Near Times Square in "Attempted Terrorist Attack"

The suspect is in custody after the device detonated in an underground passageway near the Port Authority Bus Terminal leaving three people with minor injuries.

Posted: Dec 11, 2017 10:55 AM
Updated: Dec 11, 2017 12:32 PM

(ABC) An explosion occurred at approximately 7:20 a.m. eastern standard time. Emergency personnel quickly closed the terminal and secured the area.

The 27-year-old suspect has been identified as Akayed Ullah who was badly injured in the arm and torso from the explosion that went off in his arms.

Sources say that the suspect is alert and conscious after being taken to the hospital. Ullah is originally from Bangladesh and has been in the United States for seven years and has been living in Brooklyn.

Despite it being rush-hour at the time of the explosion, only three people suffered minor injuries.

Authorities have called the explosive an "improvised low-tech explosive device" that was held on the suspect with Velcro and zip ties.

"Let's be also clear that this was an attempted terrorist attack," New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said. "Thank God, the perputrator did not achieve his ultimate goals, thank God the only injuries that we know at this point were minor."

Ullah has allegedly made statements in support of ISIS, however, no terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Law enforcement officials believe that the device did not completely detonate and that this was an isolated incident.

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation, so far the White House has not released a statement.

Stay tune with KQ2 for further updates.

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